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Definition of Term

  • The part of a camera that the photographer looks through to compose and to focus the picture.

Study Guide Resources

  • Older cameras have separate viewfinders but these all suffer parallax (the viewfinder image is slightly different angle than what the camera lens sees)

  • The SINGLE LENS REFLEX (SLR or DSLR) camera lets the viewfinder share the main camera lens (single lens) by using a mirror that flips out of the way (reflex) when taking a photo. This lets the photographer see exactly what is going to be recorded.